Feminism and democratic renewal

Autumn 2012

This article explores accusations that feminism only speaks to the concerns of middle-class women, and the possibilities for democratic renewal. It argues that the narrative of linear progress for women and broad arguments for ‘gender equality’ risk reaffirming the current economic and political model, and can obscure feminism as a set of transformative political demands that tackle the underlying structure of opportunities for women and men. It calls for a more democratic feminist movement, rooted in intra-feminist debate and women’s lived experiences, learning from some of the tenets of second-wave feminism. In particular, it calls for feminists to grapple with an alternative to the deep political and economic crises facing the country.

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